I've been to a few good Chinese buffets in my time, and I was looking forward to eating at The Chinese Buffet in the centre of Wakefield, something the town is lacking. However alarm bells started ringing (not literally as happened to one reviewer!) from the minute I walked through the door. Duct-taped torn carpet in the waiting area, dirty smashed up lift by the entrance, the grimy toilets, broken LED fountain display, (in a building thats probably only 2 years old remember) insolent/suicidal looking staff, bits of food on the floor in the dining area, the list goes on. It's clear the joint is probably being run on a shoe-string, including staff wages.
Food was below average, most of the sauce based dishes were salty as hell, while the fried offerings and spare ribs etc were lukewarm and dried up. Same goes for the soup which was salty and lukewarm. Found some pieces of dried up concrete pizza and some good old chips for the kids to chew on. Ice cream in the dessert section was of course way too sugary, and the little cakes I saw people piling on their plates 5-6 at a time - for the life of me i don't know why, either had a strange taste or pretty much no taste. Seaweed was nice, but then again you can't really go wrong there.
The fresh food preparation area was deserted except for one token Chinese man taking fifteen minutes to chop a cucumber. Based on the excellent reviews for here, I'm guessing people don't know good or bad food when they taste it. Just because its an all you can eat buffet where you can fill your boots and go back for ten plates until you burst doesn't make it good. Avoid and head to Glasshoughton for one of 3 buffets which each make this place seem like Nora Battys' Cafe in comparison.
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